LDWF accepting applications for the spring Women’s Fishing 101 Workshops

Participant shows off her catch after learning new skills at 2020 Women's Fishing Workshop
A participant shows off her catch after learning new skills at a 2020 Women's Fishing Workshop.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) are teaming up to present four Women’s Fishing 101 Workshops this spring. The workshops are open to women over the age of 18 who are looking to learn about fishing.

The workshops cover a variety of skills to help make fishing more enjoyable. LDWF biologists and aquatic volunteer instructors will train 15 women per event in fish identification, best fish handling practices, preparing fishing equipment, basic fishing skills, as well as cleaning, storing and cooking fish. Ten to 15 participants will be randomly selected from each month and get the chance to apply their newly learned skills on an overnight weekend fishing trip under the direction of LDWF biologists and volunteer instructors.

Please note that safety is the primary concern and all workshops will follow guidelines set by the CDC, State of Louisiana, and LDWF. These workshops have the potential to be postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Interested women can click HERE to apply. Please remember that each Women’s Fishing Workshop will be limited to 15 participants per date. Participants may only attend one workshop. Selected registrants will be notified via email prior to each workshop. Applications will not be reviewed until after the deadline has closed.

Spring Workshop Dates:

  • April 10, 2021 – LDWF Waddill Wildlife Refuge, Baton Rouge
  • April 24, 2021 – LDWF Waddill Wildlife Refuge, Baton Rouge
  • May 8, 2021 – LDWF Waddill Wildlife Refuge, Baton Rouge
  • May 22, 2021 – LDWF Waddill Wildlife Refuge, Baton Rouge

Weekend Workshop Dates:

  • April workshops: June 11-13
  • May workshops: June 25-27

The application process opened Feb. 12 and will close on Friday, March 5. While not required to register, participants must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license to participate in the workshop. To purchase a fishing license, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses-and-permits.

The Women’s Fishing Workshops are hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources.

Women’s Fishing 101 Workshops are funded by the Sport Fish Restoration Fund, a USFWS grant program that provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for fishery projects, boating access and aquatic education.

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